Exodus to Berlin: The Return of the Jews to Germany

Exodus to Berlin: The Return of the Jews to Germany

by Peter Laufer

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Exodus to Berlin: The Return of the Jews to Germany by Peter Laufer

In the years following the Holocaust, the Jewish community in Germany was tiny, decimated by the Nazis and shrinking fast as most survivors died or emigrated. But once the Berlin Wall fell, the German government invited Soviet-bloc Jews to come make a new life in prosperous and democratic Germany. Exodus to Berlin tells the story of that migration. Since 1989 more than 100,000 Jews have accepted Germany's invitation, filling Berlin and the rest of the country with a vibrant subculture. Germany now wakes up to synagogues filling for services, bagels and blintzes in new restaurants, and the mournful strains of Klezmer music in clubs and street festivals. Jews are finding sanctuary in Germany from the anti-Semitism, violence, and economic chaos that plague the former Soviet empire. But almost simultaneous with the first flow of Jewish immigrants, and stimulated by the failure of German unification to deliver promised prosperity to the former East Germany, neo-Nazis have been on the march in Germany, vowing to reclaim "Germany for the Germans!" More than a hundred murders and countless acts of vandalism are blamed on marauding right-wingers. Peter Laufer brings this current history to life through vivid narratives of events he experienced in Germany and dozens of highly personal interviews he conducted with the participants—Jews as they arrived at Germany's border, neo-Nazis who want to send those immigrants to Israel. Exodus to Berlin is a book of uncommon interest about one of the more unnoticed developments on the European continent. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781566635295
Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date: 09/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Peter Laufer, an international news correspondent, won the George Polk Award for his radio documentary on Americans imprisoned overseas. Mr. Laufer's other books include Wetback Nation, Iron Curtain Rising, and Nightmare Abroad. Laufer, along with Jeff Kamen, has produced a documentary film on the subject of this book, which was awarded the David Wolper Documentary Film Prize. He lives in Bodega Bay, California, near San Francisco.

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